50 Best Songs of 2012

Taylor made weapons-grade teen pop; Kanye put his brain on cruise-control, dubstep kingpins and stadium rockers invited us all to their parties

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Jack White, 'Sixteen Saltines'
Jo McCaughey8/50

8. Jack White, 'Sixteen Saltines'

Mr. White: frisky, loud and utterly unhinged. He unleashes his most aggressive riffsince "Seven Nation Army" and reaches up into his wiggiest falsetto to testify about being under his demon lady's sexual spell. When he yelps, "Spike heels make a hole in a lifeboat," he sounds delighted to be going down with the ship.

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